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October 19, 2016
Aerial view of Enel Green Power North America’s Stillwater plant in Fallon, Nevada, the first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. | All photos courtesy of Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
This Hybrid Power Plant Combines 3 Clean Energy Sources in One

Engineers at Idaho National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped build the world’s first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. It combines geothermal power, solar panels and concentrating solar power into one reliable energy source.

October 17, 2016
Scientists created the smallest transistor ever using molybdenum disulfide and a carbon nanotube. |  Schematic image courtesy of Sujay Desai/UC Berkeley.
Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

Research led by Berkeley Lab just broke a major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

October 7, 2016
H is for Hero: Five Little-Known Hydrogen Superpowers

In honor of Hydrogen Day, check out some of H2’s many uses and find out how the National Labs are studying ways to harness its powers to help solve the nation’s energy challenges.

October 6, 2016
DOE Monitoring Energy Infrastructure, Responds as Hurricane Matthew Hits Florida

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida, the Energy Department (DOE) is monitoring energy infrastructure and coordinating responses across the federal community, state and local governments, and with partners in industry.

October 5, 2016
This artist rendering shows Peña Station Next in Denver, where Solar Decathlon 2017 will take place exactly one year from today. | Image courtesy of City and County of Denver.
Solar-Powered Houses Take Starring Role in Denver’s Community of Tomorrow

Solar Decathlon 2017 houses built by collegiate teams to join the landscape of a burgeoning “smart city” in Denver.

September 28, 2016
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

September 27, 2016
This composite image offers a glimpse inside the custom system Brookhaven scientists used to create samples of materials that may pave the way for high-temperature superconductors. | Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Lab.
Room-Temp Superconductors Could Be Possible

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory are getting closer to understanding what makes materials become superconducting at unusually high temperatures.

September 23, 2016
Armor for the Grid

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory designed a ballistic barrier to protect electrical substations from attack.

September 22, 2016
A New Effort to Save the Ozone Layer and Protect the Climate

As world leaders gathered at the United Nations this week, the Obama administration and global partners today announced several unprecedented steps to secure an ambitious amendment to the Montreal Protocol.

September 21, 2016
New transmission rule aims to improve permitting process, reduce conflicts and lead to better quality projects. | Energy Department photo
Improving the Transmission Permitting Process to Strengthen our Nation’s Grid

Learn what the Final Rule for the Integrated Interagency Pre-Application Process is and why its important.